You’ve heard the one about the husband and wife driving in their car. The wife asks, “Where are we going?” The husband answers, “I don’t know, but we’re making good time!” It’s sad, but people can go through life like that, too. They’re moving fast, but don’t quite know where.
To live a happy and holy life means that we live with the end in mind. In other words, if we have a destination we can actually know if we’re making progress which will lead to both happiness and holiness. Purpose and meaning come from that goal – that end we have in mind.
Solomon wrote about this long before Steven Covey did in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He (Solomon) was the original “been there, done that, got the t-shirt” person. He tried and studied everything to learn the meaning and purpose of life, but came up short – all was vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Near the end of his life he wrote, “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth” before everything slips away (Ecclesiastes 12:1a). Solomon concludes the book of Ecclesiastes and this issue by writing, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
In our youth (however that is defined), we need to remember our Creator and our Judge by fearing Him and keeping His commandments. If we keep that – the end – in mind, our life will be happy and holy. If we wander in aimlessness and purposelessness, not remembering God or fearing Him or keeping His commandments, then our life won’t be happy or holy.
If we have the end in mind, we’ll know where we’re going and whether or not we’re making progress.